CINCINNATI’S NEW WATERWORKS SYSTEM.
If the present plans are successfully carried out, the city will get its first water from the new waterworks on June 1, 1904. It is believed that all the pumping engines will be completed and in place; that the necessary pipes will be laid and all the buildings erected by that time; and tbe only thing about which there appears to be the least doubt is as to whether the settling reservoirs will be ready. Arrangements have now been made for all parts of the gigantic work, excepting the buildings. The work of drawing these plans has been begun in earnest in the office of Engineer G.Bouscaren in the City building. These plans will provide for two rectangular boilerhouses, sixty by 180 feet each; two round pumphouses of 100 feet diameter, and two Bets of coal sheds, with chutes and elevators, covering an area of seventy by 250 feet. One set of these buildings will be erected at the pumping station at California and the other at Pendleton. The cost of the buildings will be about half a million dollars. They will be constructed of stone and iron throughout and wilt be entirely fireproof. It is intended to let the contracts for their erection before the end of summer. The laying of tbe pipe to connect the new waterworks with the city mains will require about a year, it is believed, and this will not be begun until all the other parts of the system are about completed, as it is not desired to disturb the streetsany sooner than necessary.
There has been no work on the settling reservoirs during the past winter, but it is expected that it will be resumed at once. The contract for this work was awarded to August Henkel at $1,125,000 and sublet by him to R. M. Quigley & Co., of St. Louis. They are to build two settling reservoirs of 300,000,000 gallons each. A better idea of their vastness might be obtained when it is known that they will contain fifty acres of water. These reservoirs are to be built of masonry and brick, covered with a layer of cement to make them watertight. They are regarded as the most difficult pan of the new waterworks as far as construction is concerned, and if they are completed in time, it is believed that the first water will be pumped for the city by the new plant on June 1, 1904.